Match preview and predicted line-ups: Inverness CT v Celtic

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Celtic continue their pursuit of a domestic treble when they face Inverness at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Game to be played on Sunday 19th April 2015 at 12:15. Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow.

Odds: Inverness 9/1, draw 4/1, Celtic 1/3

Celtic have the opportunity to keep their treble hopes alive when they face Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

The teams faced off last weekend in a heated 1-1 draw that saw Dean Brill dislocate his knee, and the Celtic camp have already explained they know how much of a physical challenge the game will be during the intervening week.

Celtic have played in that period, with a Leigh Griffiths hat-trick helping them to a 4-1 win against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership, while Caley Thistle have had a full week to prepare for the game with no midweek fixture to contend with.

A win on Sunday would only be the second in eight games for John Hughes’ side, who haven’t won in their last four - losing two and drawing two - but they do boast a good record against the Bhoys this season.

Of the three games the two have played this campaign, Inverness have won one, lost one and drawn the most recent encounter, proving they have the quality to compete with Ronny Deila's men.

The Hampden Park pitch will provide an improved surface compared to the pitch the two played on at Inverness, and it could be a big advantage for Celtic who will look to play a more passing-focused game.

There will be changes for Celtic due to Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong both being cup-tied, having already played for Dundee United in the competition.

Striker Anthony Stokes is unavailable due to suspension, which is unlikely to alter the starting eleven, but should mean a place on the bench for Stefan Scepovic.

With the enforced absence of the ex-Dundee United pair the Celtic team could look similar to the one that started against Kilmarnock, with the only obvious change being Leigh Griffiths replacing John Guidetti.

Inverness will be without Brill because of his dislocated knee but don’t have any fresh concerns ahead of the game. Hughes may decide to stick with the team that competed so well against Celtic, but he has opted for slight midfield changes in recent games, which could see Nick Ross come into the side.

Predicted Inverness CT line-up

Esson, Raven, Shinnie, Warren, Meekings, Draper, Watkins, Tansey, Williams, Christie, Ofere

Predicted Celtic line-up

Gordon, Matthews, van Dijk, Denayer, Izaguirre, Biton, Brown, Commons, Johansen, Forrest, Griffiths

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